Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Monday night that center Marc Savard has suffered a moderate concussion and it out indefinitely following a hit he took Saturday from Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick. Savard flew back to Boston Sunday and underwent testing on Monday.

 

"After being examined by the Bruins medical staff today, Marc has been diagnosed with a moderate concussion," Chiarelli said in a statement. "There is no timetable on his return and no further updates at this time."

 

The NHL announced Monday that Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas has been named the First Star of the Week for the week ending on Jan. 22. Thomas went 3-0-0 over three starts last week, recording a shutout against the Hurricanes Monday and following it with a season-high 43-save effort on Monday. He made 32 saves in the team's 3-2 win over the Avalanche on Saturday.

 

Bruins center Marc Savard returned to Boston Sunday to be evaluated by team doctors after a hit from former Bruin Matt Hunwick knocked him out of Saturday's game in Denver against the Avalanche. Savard, who arrived in Boston Sunday with equipment manager Matt Falconer, will undergo tests Monday after his second injury scare within a week. 

 

Coach Claude Julien said Saturday that Savard would head back rather than accompanying the team to Los Angeles, where the Bruins play Monday night. Julien told reporters Sunday he didn't expect any more news until Monday.

The Bruins went into the Pepsi Center Saturday and backed up David Krecji’s recent words about good teams not losing back-to-back games.



 Bruins center Marc Savard will return to Boston for tests after a hit from Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick caused him to leave Saturday's game with a head injury. The team is traveling to Los Angeles on Saturday in anticipation of Monday's game against the Kings.

 

"He's going to be headed back home," Claude Julien told NESN's Naoko Funayama following the team's 6-2 win. "He got shook up obviously, and for precautionary reasons, were going to send him back home to get evaluated by our own doctors." 

 

 Four Bruins goals in the first two periods both chased Colorado netminder Craig Anderson from the game and helped the team to a 6-2 victory on Saturday.

 

Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi had four and three-point showings, respectively, while linemate Patrice Bergeron also scored and had an assist. Milan Lucic had two goals for the B's, and with David Krejci's two assists on the day, five different Bruins had multi-point showings.

 

Bruins center Marc Savard will not return to Saturday's game after taking a hit in the corner during the second period from Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick. Following the hit, Savard fell to the ice, holding his head before trainer Don DelNegro came to his aid. 

 

Savard missed the first 23 games of this season due to post-concussion syndrome, the result of a hit he took March 7 of last season from Penguins forward Matt Cooke.

 

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Tim Thomas led the Bruins onto the ice at the Pepsi Center on Saturday, meaning he will be between the pipes for the team's bout with the Avalanche. Thomas last started on Tuesday, making a season-high 43 saves in a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes.

 

On the season, Thomas is 22-4-6 with a league-best 1.83 goals against average, .945 save percentage, and seven shutouts.

 

One month ago, the sky was falling. 



Bruins coach Claude Julien didn't try to sugarcoat his team's 4-2 loss at the hands of the Sabres Thursday night at TD Garden. 

 

"From start to finish, we were totally flat tonight," Julien said. "From first player to the last. We didn't have it. We never seemed to find our game. When your team is flat, it's flat. Prepare for the next game and make sure it doesn't happen."